If one truly thinks about it, the real reason for conservatives love affair with voter restrictions and suppression is that their ideas suck. Period. They can’t get the vast majority of Americans to agree with their draconian and theocratic concepts of how life should be in the United States, so they seek to disenfranchise large swaths of potential voters who might keep that vision from ever coming to fruition. That is why we have seen in the last decade a huge push to restrict the eligibility of those who are allowed to vote, the attempts to suppress the vote by giving out the wrong date for elections and outright voter intimidation.
Conservatives have been focusing their efforts on the poor and various minority groups, but what is say that they won’t change their tactics and go for broke and just target all who think differently than they do. The current constitution of the U.S. Supreme Court and their previous rulings on voter identification and their upcoming cases regarding the Voting Rights Act, leaves me to believe that conservatives would have no issue expanding voting restrictions and suppression. Some have already voice their displeasure with the 17th Amendment and have called for its repeal (including hypocritical candidates running for the U.S. Senate). Some have even expressed their desire to restrict voting to property owners, as was once the case in the early United States.
Their failure in gaining super majority support for their vision on abortion, equality for gays and lesbians, racial equality, financial equality, the environment and a host of other issues is what has driven conservatives to their latest gambits. Why else would we be seeing the party of conservatives, the Republican Party, hiring firms that engage in illegal voter registration activities such as registering people only to be Republicans or trashing registration forms of those denoting their desire to be Democrats.
Of course, it would be much better for everyone if conservatives were to change their ideology so as more people would support them, but that is not going to be the case. So, we need to do all we can to fight back against these efforts of voter restrictions, voter suppression and voter intimidation. We need to fight conservatives at every level of government and remind them that if their ideas weren’t so shitty, people might actually want to vote for them.